Interesting Beginnings: An Autobiographical Sketch

2nd - 8th

Students discuss the characteristics of an autobiography. Individually, they complete a graphic organizer and a timeline of events about their life. In groups, students brainstorm ideas for an interesting sentence and write an autobiography. Afterwards, they exchange papers for proofing and make corrections.

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Instructional Design
Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Mischa Nall & Trichelle Nishida


Sixth graders read and write autobiographical sketches, determine the author's purpose in writing, and type paragraphs using WP utilities.

Language Arts: Biography and Autobiography

Students examine autobiographies and biographies through a series of reading and writing exercises. By writing journals during this semester-long course, they improve writing skills and discover their own voice. Among other activities, students complete interview sheets, evaluate social problems, present photographs to the class and explain their importance.

Literature Exploration

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Writing an Autobiography

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African-American Autobiography for the Middle School Student

Students are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. For each author, they research their life and works and discuss why it reflects different time periods of African-Americans. In groups, they brainstorm characteristics of a character and the setting they are going to use in writing their fictional autobiography. To end the lesson, they share their writings with the class.

Brainstorming Time

Students brainstorm essay topic ideas using anecdotal writing. In this anecdotal writing lesson plan, students are shown how to outline their essay and discuss the importance of good writing while writing a college essay.

Brainstorming Time

Students brainstorm a list of possible topics for their essay. As a class, they review the characteristics of anecdotal writing and the form they take in newspapers or autobiographies. To end the lesson, they decide on their topic for their college essay and write about it informally in their journals.

Autobiographical Art

Students explore how one artist portrays her own experiences and interests through her art. Students then choose themes in their own lives and create works of art inspired by those themes.

Autobiography Lesson Plans That Start The Year Off Right

Teaching autobiography or journal writing lessons the first week of school is a wonderful way to get to know your new students.

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